A “Killer” Calamansi & Whiskey Cocktail

by Tokyo Terrace on October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween everyone!  Tokyo guys and gals are busy gearing up their costumes for parties this weekend (and some don’t even have to dress up since their daily outfits are so out there already!) and hubs’ school just had its big Halloween parade yesterday, so here’s a simple new cocktail that’s so good, it could kill…(insert scary bad-guy laugh here).

This cocktail was made with my dad and husband in mind. I guess as far as important people go they rank pretty highly on the list.  This cocktail features whiskey and a southern Asian citrus called Calamansi. With a flavor reminiscent of a more refined whiskey sour and its gentle orange color, this cocktail is perfect for any Halloween themed party.  I also didn’t go nuts with eyeballs (skinless grapes) or a licorice stick, so you could whip this up just as easily for Friday evening with your friends.

My husband confidently exclaimed that this was his favorite cocktail that I have made thus far. Keep in mind that he, like my dad (probably because of my dad), is a big fan of whiskey on its own and neither of them really are the “cocktail type.”

I used a middle-of-the-road Japanese whiskey from Suntory, but feel free to try your favorite bottle to mingle with the citrus and slight sweetness from the honey. Calamansi are a tiny green citrus with a sour orange-colored flesh. (You can read a bit more about them at one of my favorite blogs, Rasa Malaysia.)The half you see in the drink below is actually frozen- they work great as ice cubes!

Calamansi can be hard to find, but some easy substitutions are lemon, lime, orange (for that halloween color) or even a little combo of different citrus flavors. Experiment with your favorite potions…(again, insert scary guy laugh here).
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A “Killer” Whiskey Cocktail

Makes 2 cocktails

6 oz whiskey

juice of 2-3 calamansi OR 1/2 a lemon, lime or orange

1 tablespoon honey

ice

Frozen citrus halves for garnish (instructions follow the cocktail recipe)

Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker (minus the ice) and stir to dissolve the honey. Add the ice….shake-ah shakity shake…pour….drink. Killer.

Frozen citrus halves:

Cut your choice of citrus in half or into quarters (for larger citrus you may need to go even smaller to make sure they fit in the glass you are using). Wrap the citrus in saran wrap and place in the freezer for at least 4 hours and up to 8. When ready to use, unwrap them and plop them in your drink! They also make great ice cubes to fancy up your ice water.

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  • http://www.sense-serendipity.blogspot.com/ Divina

    That looks divine. We have a calamansi plant at home. It’s a new plant so they’re not yielding that much fruit but they do have a lot of juice. I love the sourness of it. The color of your cocktail is beautiful.

  • http://www.sense-serendipity.blogspot.com Divina

    That looks divine. We have a calamansi plant at home. It’s a new plant so they’re not yielding that much fruit but they do have a lot of juice. I love the sourness of it. The color of your cocktail is beautiful.

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  • http://whiteonricecouple.com/ white on rice couple

    ooooh, this looks and smells awesome from this side of the world! Love kalamansi and having it in a cocktail is even more pleasurable. Thanks for the great recipe and fabulous pictures! xoxo

  • http://whiteonricecouple.com white on rice couple

    ooooh, this looks and smells awesome from this side of the world! Love kalamansi and having it in a cocktail is even more pleasurable. Thanks for the great recipe and fabulous pictures! xoxo

  • http://thescootabaker.blogspot.com/ The Scootabaker

    I’m pretty sure I’ll be making this (with local citrus) tonight AND tomorrow for Michael. There is never not a bottle of fine whisky in our cupboard. Don’t know if that’s a good thing. Anyways, I may have to buy grapes for the “eyeball” effect, just for giggles.
    And isn’t Suntory the whisky that was featured in Lost in Translation? (Which also happens to be my faaaaaaavorite movie! I’m still really jealous you live in Japan. One day, in the future, I will live there. There AND Switzerland!

    Happy Halloween!

    luv,
    heather

  • http://thescootabaker.blogspot.com The Scootabaker

    I’m pretty sure I’ll be making this (with local citrus) tonight AND tomorrow for Michael. There is never not a bottle of fine whisky in our cupboard. Don’t know if that’s a good thing. Anyways, I may have to buy grapes for the “eyeball” effect, just for giggles.
    And isn’t Suntory the whisky that was featured in Lost in Translation? (Which also happens to be my faaaaaaavorite movie! I’m still really jealous you live in Japan. One day, in the future, I will live there. There AND Switzerland!

    Happy Halloween!

    luv,
    heather

  • http://iowagirleats.com/ Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats

    Oooo – this may be JUST the thing to sip on while my husband and I pass out candy tonight! I’ve got all the indredients at home too…well, minus the Suntory whiskey and calamansis…Maker’s Mark & lemon will have to do!

  • http://iowagirleats.com Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats

    Oooo – this may be JUST the thing to sip on while my husband and I pass out candy tonight! I’ve got all the indredients at home too…well, minus the Suntory whiskey and calamansis…Maker’s Mark & lemon will have to do!

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com/ wasabi prime

    Lucky you, being able to get Suntory from the source! I know we can find it in some stores and some places online, but it’s at import prices. What a great treat to be able to enjoy! This drink looks spooktacularly delicious!

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com wasabi prime

    Lucky you, being able to get Suntory from the source! I know we can find it in some stores and some places online, but it’s at import prices. What a great treat to be able to enjoy! This drink looks spooktacularly delicious!

  • http://thekitchencloset.blogspot.com/ D

    This looks awesome. I just happen to have a calamansi tree in my backyard and I will definitely be drinking one of these before the evening is over.

  • http://thekitchencloset.blogspot.com/ D

    This looks awesome. I just happen to have a calamansi tree in my backyard and I will definitely be drinking one of these before the evening is over.

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  • tokyoterrace

    Divina: That’s so great that you have a tree! Jealous…

  • tokyoterrace

    Divina: That’s so great that you have a tree! Jealous…

  • tokyoterrace

    whiteonrice: Thanks so much! Glad you like the photos- means so much coming from you!

  • tokyoterrace

    whiteonrice: Thanks so much! Glad you like the photos- means so much coming from you!

  • tokyoterrace

    scootabaker: It IS the whiskey from lost in translation! I had that going around in my head the whole time I was making/drinking/writing about this cocktail. Such a great flick. I’m pretty sure we should just do a round-the-world trip together and hit up Japan and Switzerland! Switzerland would be a dream come true to visit!

  • tokyoterrace

    scootabaker: It IS the whiskey from lost in translation! I had that going around in my head the whole time I was making/drinking/writing about this cocktail. Such a great flick. I’m pretty sure we should just do a round-the-world trip together and hit up Japan and Switzerland! Switzerland would be a dream come true to visit!

  • tokyoterrace

    Kristin: I hope you tried this and loved it! Glad you have some ingredients to use in place of the Suntory and calamansi!

  • tokyoterrace

    Kristin: I hope you tried this and loved it! Glad you have some ingredients to use in place of the Suntory and calamansi!

  • tokyoterrace

    WasabiPrime: Wow, I didn’t realize Suntory was so hard to find in the US! Guess I’ll have to get my fill while I’m here… Hope you had a great Halloween!!

  • tokyoterrace

    D: You are so lucky to have a calamansi tree in your back yard! I hope this proves to be a worthy way to use the treasured fruit!

  • tokyoterrace

    WasabiPrime: Wow, I didn’t realize Suntory was so hard to find in the US! Guess I’ll have to get my fill while I’m here… Hope you had a great Halloween!!

  • tokyoterrace

    D: You are so lucky to have a calamansi tree in your back yard! I hope this proves to be a worthy way to use the treasured fruit!

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